Animal games
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Date: 15 September, 2006

Bush Shoot Out

Go Goat Go

'Stop CRUST from creating a Super Chicken and getting to Mars.'


Suzanne Elvidge restarts our games column with an animals theme. All games are free downloads or free to play.

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If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. (And, don't forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

To play a game, simply click on its name.

Cowtris (download)
Do you remember Tetris? Well, this is Cowtris, but instead of colours, you get Ayrshires, Aberdeen Anguses, Jerseys and a few others. It's still the same 'just one more go' falling blocks game, and I blame playing Cowtris for every missed deadline— only load this on your machine if you have supreme willpower!!

Animal (online)
Your aim (as far as I can tell, anyway—the site isn't in English), is to get the mole from the surface to its cosy little bed by moving and turning the blocks of earth (some with tunnels, some without) that fall from the sky. When the tunnel is complete, it scuttles down the tunnels! If you don't get the tunnels right the mole jumps up and down!

Animal hangman (online)
Bit educational this one. Guess the animal's name (the game tells you what kind of animal) by guessing the missing letters, and save the fish from the whale.

The Great Bug Off (online)
Pick your bug and use your arrow keys to guide it to its hole (picking up sweets for energy on the way). Different bugs walk at different speeds on different kinds of ground. Not for the insect-phobic!

Sneaky Snakes (online)
A Christian Aid game of snakes and ladders where you can try to make things a bit more fair (watch out for the cheating snakes!!)

Go Goat Go (online)
Another Christian Aid game. Ever fancied having a goat? In this game you help Ruth milk the goat Lucky, and help Josephat collect Lucky's poo and put it on plants to help them grow and feed the village. It's a rather cute goat too.

Operation GAS Chicken (online)
Help the Fish, Fur and Fin Bureau of Investigation solve Stop CRUST from creating a Super Chicken and getting to Mars. This interactive spy story involves solving puzzles and answering questions—takes a little while but is fun!

Dog Bones (online)
Dig holes in a pristine lawn to help the dog find his hidden bones. Very simple but oddly entertaining!

Suburban Cat Herder (online)
Your object is to get all the cats out of the house. You do this by clicking on groups of cats of the same colour. The more cats you herd at once, the higher your score.

Animal Alphabet (online)
Click on the picture of the animal and then find its name and click on it. When the print symbol appears next to the name, click again and you can print out a picture to colour. (And if you didn't know, a quokka is a marsupial, an uakari is a New World monkey, and a xenops is a South American ovenbird!)

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